On Friday, Google celebrated the life of Roberto Clemente — the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame — by creating a Google Doodle in his image. Born in Puerto Rico, Clemente played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973, months after dying at the age of 38 in a plane crash. Clemente spent much of his time outside of baseball volunteering and doing charity work. The day of his plane crash, Clemente was on his way to Nicaragua to assist with earthquake relief efforts. Clemente’s plane crashed shortly after taking off from Isla Verde International Airport. Clemente made 3,000 hits during his 17-year long MLB career. He was a two-time World Series champion, a four-time National League batting champion and a World Series MVP. He also won 12 consecutive Golden Glove Awards.
Oct 12, 2018